What’s the one thing all panel moderators should remember when facilitating a panel discussion? Professional panel moderator, Kristin Arnold asked this question of Kate Delaney, Emmy Award-winning journalist and America’s #1 female sports commentator and talk show host.
Kristin: Kate, what is the one thing you want other moderators to remember?
Kate: I think that the one thing to remember is you can prepare in a lot of different ways. Don’t be afraid to reach out to the people that are going to be on your panel. Send them an email, have a conversation ahead of time, and pump them up. You know, emphasize to them, “Gosh, you’re on this panel, you’ve got valuable information to share so speak up, don’t be afraid to really share some of that great content that you have with the audience we’re in front of them.” The more that you make that panelist comfortable the better I think the panel will be.
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Kristin Arnold, professional panel moderator, and high stakes meeting facilitator is on a crusade to make all panel discussions informative, interactive, and interesting. Specifically, she wants to help YOU become a better panel moderator. Why? Because 95% of annual meetings have panel discussions – and according to the 2014 Panel Report, it’s a fifty-fifty proposition they are any good at all! Expectations decrease dramatically when your attendees walk in and see the traditional draped head-table with microphones on short stands. There are sooooo many other ways to have a stimulating conversation! So let’s increase the probability of success for your next panel discussion with these resources.
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